Dracula lotax [Luer]Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

Common Name The Clown Dracula

Flower Size .8" x 3.2" [2 x 8 cm]

This is a mini-miniature to miniature sized, Ecuadorian and Peruvian species in tall wet forests from elevations of 800-1600 meters and is a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an slender, purple, suberect, horizontal to descending, 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul that is sparsely bracted and with tubular floral bracts

Synonyms Masdevallia bomboiza M. Fiske 1974; *Masdevallia lotax Luer 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 11 2003 photo;Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010;